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Indonesia Arrests 10 Suspected Members Of Jemaah Islamiyah Group

Indonesian police said Saturday they arrested 10 suspected members of Jemaah Islamiyah, the al-Qaida-linked militant Islamic group blamed for last year’s Bali bombings. The men were suspected in a series of church bombings across Indonesia on Christmas Eve 2000 that killed 19 people, as well as five smaller bombings earlier, Chief Detective Lt. Gen. Erwin Mapasseng said. He said the men’s “controller” at the time of the 2000 bombings was Riduan Isamuddin, or Hambali, the alleged ex-operations chief of Jemaah Islamiyah, who is still at large and believed to be Osama bin Laden’s point man in Southeast Asia. Hambali is alleged to have ordered other members of Jemaah Islamiyah to carry out the bombings of two nightclubs on Bali island on Oct. 12 in which 202 people, mostly foreign tourists, died. Mapasseng did not say when the men allegedly last had contact with Hambali. Full Story

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